Label: Inner Islands
Wake is the debut release from Rosa Beach Mason & Sean Conrad. With this outing they offer a dense set of naturalistic emotional landscapes. Mason’s vocals define each piece with wordless and layered choruses, operating on a purely subconscious and sonic level to create mesmeric drones and sublimely elevated melodies. Trance is an integral aspect to the set as a whole, with each piece patiently revealing itself against the fluid and perpetual arrangements.
The pieces began as a series of immersive and, at times, ecstatic improvisations, which were distilled and elaborated upon. The catharsis of release was an intrinsic part of the improvisations, with latent feelings and memories coming to the fore, revealing themselves in the sound. Without verbal communication or pre-planning, the extemporizations served as momentary mirrors for the duo, creating intuitive foundations for the pieces.